Total Miles: 4000
Rider: Brenda (Cross) Lee; 26 years old, Administrative Assistant, Non-Member.
Summary: A friend and I rode as "independents, which was a trip option. Of course, we mingled with many others - singles and groups along the way. An incredible experience with memories galore!; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? We used the maps, books, literature, and talked to many at Bikecentennial at the time, then along the way, talked to fellow bicyclists on the Bikecentennial trip.
Health Issues: None.
Motivation: The challenge, the excitement, and to see if I could do it. I suffered a broken neck in high school and my exercise had been limited, although I was in good shape. I needed to know I could do something so physical.
Most Challenging Aspect:The mental challenge was the hardest - overcoming snow on dirt roads, humidity, long stretches of flatness in the midwest. The physical part was the easier of the two!
Favorite Experience: Meeting such friendly, accomodating people along the way, and just talking with fellow bicyclists we would join up with for camping, hostels, etc.
Least Favorite: Sharing the narrow, snowy road going into Yellowstone with huge motorhomes, and getting snowed in there for a few days in June.
Tips: Do it - best experience of a lifetime. It's not about the fancy gear, and best bicycle. It is incredibly empowering!
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello